When it comes to the quest for wisdom, few intellectuals living today have the gravitas of Leon Kass. A physician, a scientist, a humanist, and an educator, his writing has been singular, his teaching legendary, and his fifty-four-year marriage to the late Amy Kass a...
Meg Jenista Kuykendall
Jenista Kuykendall reminds us that we too have “Jonah hearts.” We are often wayward, hateful, angry, and try to put limits on God’s extravagant love. Even so, God shows his extravagant love: for Jonah, for the people of Ninevah, for the people of the world. This is the character of our God, abundant in love, patient beyond measure, and overflowing in compassion.
St. John Chrysostom
INTRODUCTION St. John Chrysostom (chrysostomos - the 'Golden-mouthed' in Greek), Archbishop of Constantinople from 397-404, was one of the great giants of the high patristic era of the 4th-6th centuries. A champion of Nicene orthodoxy, he is accorded the title Doctor...
In a free society, some are guilty, but all are responsible. —Abraham Joshua Heschel I confess I’ve never reacted all that well to the recruitment posters created to enlist soldiers in the First and Second World Wars: Lord Kitchener, Uncle Sam, John Bull. Chalk it up...
Rev. Timothy Moses Chambers
In this sermon, Rev. Chambers proclaims that one should not be measured based on their wealth, physical stature, or bank account. Rather, one should be measured based on the depth of their knowledge, their interest, and the height of their ideal.
From “A Confession About Separation Briefly Summarized, In How Far We Shall Shun or Avoid the Apostate" Whether one may also show mercy to the apostate in the time of need? Here we answer first that we do not desire to withhold or hold back mercy and welfare from...
Biola University commencement address from artist Mako Fujimura on May 26, 2012.
St. Cyril of Alexandria
INTRODUCTION St. Cyril played a pivotal role in guiding the early Church, having been selected as bishop in the bustling and prominent city of Alexandria, Egypt, one of the Apostolic churches of antiquity. He would also participate in the Council of Ephesus in the 5th...
In Robert Duvall's film, The Apostle, we see a vignette of what could be described as a very "in your face" style of praise. The revival worship services of a certain stripe of Deep South fundamentalism are high-decibel, foot-stomping, hand-clapping, gizzard-piercing...
Catherine Thiel Lee
Catherine Thiel Lee meditates on Isaiah 65, and what this passage means for Christians to be “co-creators” and the hands of God in the work of mending the world. Emphasizing the value of healing of the world in which we live, Lee turns to Revelation’s vision of the world to come to call us to live well in this world.
Leah Libresco Sargeant
“We’re still in a period of waiting, but, if catacombs aren’t quite the right image, neither is hibernation—we still have important work to do.
What I keep coming back to is the image of a generation ship…”
Leah Libresco Sargeant on how to help your community thrive on long-haul interplanetary journeys.
Dr. Dharius Daniels
God created and equipped us with the spiritual gifts that will be needed for the problems that exist during the age we’re on Earth. Even though we may be caught off guard by the events going on in our world, God is not surprised, and he built us for a time like this. Just as the Samaritan helped the man who had been robbed, bandaging his wounds and taking care of him, Jesus commands us to “Go and do likewise.”
Isaiah 60:5 proclaims that the “wealth of the nations will come to you.” In this sermon, Mouw unpacks the surprising implications of this prophetic claim. In our time of polarization, tribalism, and racial tension, Mouw reminds us of the eschatological reality of God that continues to break into our world. The promises of salvation include a word for our personal redemption, but they also – as we see in Isaiah’s vision – include a word for all of creation, and all of society, including how we live together, anticipating that day when those from “every nation, from all tribes and peoples and languages” will worship before the Lamb.
The faith Christ taught us is what we see in Saint Joseph. He did not look for shortcuts, but confronted reality with open eyes and accepted personal responsibility for it. Joseph’s attitude encourages us to accept and welcome others as they are, without exception, and to show special concern for the weak, for God chooses what is weak.
Joel Heng Hartse
“There is more I want to say into those blank screens, but I feel so lost as I watch them watch me, one small, brightly animated square among the black. In this moment I hardly know who I am without them. They are the black holes, but I am the one floating untethered in space.”
Joel Heng Hartse offers a professor’s perspective on the pandemic.
Kristen Deede Johnson
Last Friday night, my seven-year-old son and I were on our way to say his bedtime prayers when we heard loud voices and saw police lights outside his bedroom. I looked out the window, and immediately an image was seared on my brain. An image of a person I will likely...
It has been a year of sorrows both personal and national. As we each feel our way through the intensity, how does one awaken to that sorrow that is holy and transformative for Spirit-empowered change in the world, and turn away from a sorrow that paralyzes and blames?
Leah Libresco Sargeant
No man or woman is an island, and no one should aspire to be one, either. That, at the core, is the claim of illiberalism, post-liberalism, or any of the other names given to the movement that pushes back against individualism as an ideal. The liberalism of Locke,...